Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Did You Hear The One About The Wookie?

It's International Joke Day, so I've got some intergalactic jokes for you.




Ok, I think I'm finished now. Gotta love the Lego one. 

And here are the text pages I've been working on, now with color. I think this first one is a fail. I used color pencils and I just went a little too crazy with the coloring imo. I should've just colored part of the f, h, and e.


This one is ok, I used Tombow markers but I found out the pen I'm using (Sharpie pen) bleeds a little with these markers and the yellow isn't really the right color anymore.



I like this one, even though I still had some trouble with the yellow and black...see me cleaning my brush nib at the bottom of the page? I have to say experimenting with lettering has been fun and entertaining. Now I gotta go back to cards and projects for awhile to get some things finished.



Happy Joke Day and if you have a good one, tell me!
Chark



Monday, June 29, 2015

Can I Have The B, Pat?

The Weird Al song, Vanna Turn Me a Letter, is running in my head right now because I'm thinking of the lettering I've been doing. 

Here's my next round of tries. I used this book this time and it was pretty interesting. It has some great examples and some little "rules" to remember like using upper case then lower or upper, upper, lower, lower in the same word.





This one was fun and I made fun and I chose some of their words and some of my own and then added the "just be your best self everyday" at the bottom. I liked their scribbled flowers, so I did add some of those in. Now it's time to color it...just haven't decided how yet.



I saw this in the book and couldn't resist trying to imitate it, since I LOVE GLINDA. Although I always felt this information would've served Dorothy better in the beginning of her trials and saved her from being put in the dungeon. Apparently Dorothy had to learn some lessons and stuff first...whatever, Glinda. Good thing you're all sparkly and pink or I'd be mad at you. See the bubbles I added to my design? That's for her. 

So, I need to add color here too. Can't decide between marker, pencil or watercolor. The paper isn't really meant for lots of water, but I could probably figure something out. Hmmm...I guess we'll see on Wednesday what I came up with!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, June 26, 2015

Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

So, I got my new Somerset Studio magazine and was inspired by an article to start watercoloring some girls. The article is on Danielle Donaldson and I love her work they feature in their July/Aug 2015 issue.

Here's the cover of Danielle's book coming out this month.



And here's my first try. You can see this paper, despite it being in an art journal, wasn't meant for watercolor since it warped. But it was good enough for a first attempt at the soft watercoloring. Don't you love when you're so inspired by someone you just have to see how they made something and try it yourself?



I also added some words to her outline, just for fun. It starts with "It wasn't the crown that made her a queen." I also used a charcoal pencil and white gel pen to add some dimension and doodles on the drawing.



Happy Friday, crafty friends!
Chark

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Woman Of Letters

I just got some books out from the library on creative lettering and have been doodling while watching tv. This is the book that inspired me first.


I highly recommend it for the instruction and the examples. Here's my take on an example they gave. You start with pencil, add the straight lines, then add the flourishes that make it fun.




This is a new quote to me and I super love it. Here's my next attempt at following the instruction.


I added the confetti and swirls to fill in and make it fun. I've heard this quote before, but didn't realize it was from Dr. Seuss. Here are some more quotes from his books if you're like me and think children's books can be wise. One of my very faves (that will probably make it into my lettering collection) is “Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.”

So, do you like lettering? Here's a valuable lesson I learned if you feel like picking up a pen...they can smear, so watch your hand placement! I messed up quite a few just forgetting this fun little fact. Live and Learn, as they say :)

Happy Wednesday,
Chark


Monday, June 22, 2015

Put A Ring On It

Today is Onion Rings Day...and I have to admit that, even though I don't like how onions crunch, I love onion rings once in a while. I like the batter best but if the onion is not juicy and is skinny, I'll eat the whole onion ring. It's weird because I love the smell of onion rings and onions on a pizza...but I take them out of everything, even French Onion Soup.

Because nothing ruins onion soup like onions. I know—I'm weird, you don't have to tell me.

So here's an Onion Rings recipe if you're interested. I'll keep buying mine at Steak n Shake and eating the tiny ones.



Speaking of rings, for our 25th Anniversary, my hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to silver rings. Mine had to have bling on it (of course!) so I chose diamonds around the front. Here it is in the box. He chose a silver matte ring with a band of shiny silver on either side. I don't have his ring picture, but it looks great on his right hand! :)



I'll add in a layout I just finished, even though it has absolutely no "ring" connection. If I was a good blogger, I would've thought this through more—lol!


It's of an outdoor sculpture park we happened on during last year's vacation...who doesn't love Dr. Seuss and who wouldn't love a little Lorax and a giant Horton sculpture? The kids had fun—there's even a Who village made of sticks.

Here's a close-up. I've had the alphabet stickers and 3-d book stickers for awhile and they were perfect for the page.



Happy Onion Ring Monday!
Chark

Friday, June 19, 2015

It's All About The Safety

Hi, all! It's National Safety Month, so let's be safe! 

Today I wanted to do a little Public Service Announcement and just let you know a little about the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and some small things you can do to make a huge difference to protect yourself.


This is Heather Von St. James (and her family), a Mesothelioma survivor who was told she had just months to live and is now ten years past that frightening diagnosis. She's now intent on spreading awareness of the dangers of asbestos in the home...asbestos being just one cause of this cancer. She contacted me to ask if I'd do a blog post and since education can be key in making sure people are protected from this cancer-causing material, I said sure!

You can find this dynamic and dedicated woman here on facebook to read more about her.

Basically, asbestos was used for its insulating and heat-resistant properties and its fibers can be found in multitudes of older building products. The use of asbestos was banned in the U.S. after 1980 because of all the health problems it caused, including the rare (2,000-3,000 diagnoses a year) but malignant Mesothelioma. Treatments do exist and, as Heather has proven, the cancer can be beaten, but facts are especially important.

Keep in mind, if the building material is undamaged, the risk of having asbestos in your home plummets. It's when products (like ceiling or floor tiles or siding) are damaged that the asbestos becomes dangerous. 

Here's a link to more information on asbestos in the home. If you are planning a remodel in your home, check out this information before you start. We're replacing some flooring, but after reading this, I'm thinking that putting new tile on the old seems smarter and safer.

As the wife of a firefighter and paramedic, we are all about the safety in this house. Here's a little reminder (you can click on it to enlarge) of some things you can do to make your summer and family safer.



Did you see the third one? Along with having extinguishers, And make sure the fam knows how to use the extinguishers in your home. A little training can go a long way toward stopping tragedy. 

Thanks for stopping by. This has been a Public Service Announcement from me and Heather Von St. James (coolest name ever!) Now, go put on some sunblock and enjoy the summer!

Happy Friday!  
Chark